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Testa family

Postby Chappell » 24 Jul 2010, 01:09

My Grandfather was Luigi Testa, from the Benevento area and came to the states in the early 1900's
He passed in 1967
He had a brother who can to the states name Vincent and sister Teresa

Would like to find more info on the rest of the family

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Re: Testa family

Postby misbris » 24 Jul 2010, 01:31

Hi David and welcome to the forum, :lol:

Benevento is a province as well as a city. It is important to find a town of birth for Luigi or a more specific date of immigration, age etc to pin him down. There are about 75 Luigi Testas on the Ellis Island data base. Can you give us any more clues to help narrow the search?

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Re: Testa family

Postby Chappell » 24 Jul 2010, 02:08

Hello and thanks for your reply

My grandfathers birtdate is 8-20-1896
From the village of Soladago Benevento Lucy?

Came to states when he was about 16
His fathers name was Dominick and Mother was Irene
My grandfather was Luigi Testa

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Re: Testa family

Postby Tessa78 » 26 Jul 2010, 18:10

Hello David,

Where in the US did he settle? Can you provide the names of his wife and children if he married?

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Re: Testa family

Postby Tessa78 » 26 Jul 2010, 18:23

David,

I have located a manifest that MAY (or MAY NOT) be your grandfather Luigi... However, it has him arriving with his mother and brother in 1905 at age 9. (Would have been born about 1896)

Mother is Vittorina (could have been shortened to Irene) Forte, 27, whose destination is to husband Domenico Testa on Mulberry St., NY.
The brother's name is Pietro, not Vincent; and the sister's name is crossed from the manifest.

Thought it was worth a look...

http://img31.imageshack.us/img31/5898/t ... nifest.jpg

T.

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Re: Testa family

Postby Tessa78 » 26 Jul 2010, 18:36

BTW,

Haven't been able to find a village/town called "Soladago" in Benevento.

HAVE found a "Solopaca" in province Benevento...
Was the name of his town of origin passed down verbally, or did you see it written somewhere? And did you see "Lucy" at the end of the town name?

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Re: Testa family

Postby Chappell » 26 Jul 2010, 19:44

My Grandfather originally settle in North Carolina and then move to Virginia to the Vesta , Stuart area , but change his last name to Mosley.
He came over be his self that we do know and also served in WW1.

His town in Italy probley is Solopaca since we found the word Lucy next to it.

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Re: Testa family

Postby misbris » 26 Jul 2010, 20:24

Tessa,

I found that same manifest because it was the only one that fit the parameters of the info posted. The names are pretty garbled on Ellis Island. I didn't post it because of the same discrepancies you note. But, I'm glad you posted it so Chappell could see it.

I don't think "Lucy" is part of a town's name. First of all, it is not Italian.
2nd, It would not have come after the province.

I'm glad we know of the name change, because I couldn't find a record of Luigi Testa on a census. :wink:

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Re: Testa family

Postby Chappell » 26 Jul 2010, 21:20

He changed his name to Louis Testa Mosley
My grandfather was Luigi Testa

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Re: Testa family

Postby Tessa78 » 26 Jul 2010, 21:22

Hi mj :-D

Couldn't find a census for Domenico Testa, either...

Now we can search for Mosley...

T.

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Re: Testa family

Postby PeterTimber » 26 Jul 2010, 21:29

Mormon church family history library microfilms for SOLPACA (Benevento Prov) can be rented for $5.00 for births.marriages and deaths from 1809 to 1860 at yur nearest library (www.familysearch.org).

For your more immediate family you can go to this website for form letters in Italian language to request documents free of charge.

www.angelfire.com/ok3/pearlsofwisdom/it ... tters.html

=Peter=
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Re: Testa family

Postby vj » 26 Jul 2010, 21:57

Hi :D !

just for reference

1942 WWII Draft Registration Card
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Louis Testsmos 45
Rt 4, Stuart, Patrick, VA
born 20 Aug 1896 in Benevento
Mrs Tecora Testsmos
signed Louis Testamos
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1930 census
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Home in 1930:
Poor House Creek Rd
Dan River, Patrick, Virginia

head Lewis T Masley 33, abt 1897 IT
- married age 24, abt 1920
- immig 1913, Na
- house painter
wife Leara Masley 34, abt 1896 VA
daughter Idell O Masley 11, abt 1919 VA
daughter Edith I Masley 8, abt 1922 VA
daughter Mildred G Masley 6, abt 1924 VA
son Alfred D Masley 5, abt 1925 VA
daughter Lilian F Masley 3 1/12, abt 1926 VA
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VA Marriage record from the FamilySearch pilot

Groom's Name: Lewis T. Moseley
Groom's Birth Date: 1897
Groom's Birthplace: New York, N.Y.
Groom's Age: 24
Bride's Name: Tecora Johnson
Bride's Birth Date: 1896
Bride's Birthplace: Patrick Co., Va.
Bride's Age: 25
Marriage Date: 05 Feb 1921
Marriage Place: Danville, Va.
Groom's Father's Name: Dominick Moseley
Groom's Mother's Name: Rena Moseley
Bride's Father's Name: Thos. Clifton
Bride's Mother's Name: Clifton
Groom's Race: White
Groom's Marital Status: Single
Groom's Previous Wife's Name:
Bride's Race: White
Bride's Marital Status: Widowed
Bride's Previous Husband's Name:
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M86871-1
System Origin: Virginia-EASy
Source Film Number: 888942
Reference Number: cn 47 p 31
Collection: Virginia Marriages, 1785-1940

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Re: Testa family

Postby Chappell » 26 Jul 2010, 22:45

To VJ
This last set of info is my family , my mother is Mildred born in July 27 1923 and is still alive and well today as well the others on the list except ofr Idell.
But their name was Mosley , must have mistaken the o for a A.
My grandfather was very closed about his family in Italy and was eventually reunited with his brother Vincent who lived in Montreal and Sister Teresa who lived in NY a few yrs before his died
My grandfather was Luigi Testa

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Re: Testa family

Postby barbalatte » 27 Jul 2010, 10:49

There are Testa's in Sydney. I personally know a Giovanni Testa. Might be related...

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Re: Testa family

Postby Chappell » 05 Sep 2010, 19:42

Just found that my Grandfather was from Amorosi Italy
Would like to know if other Testa's still live there.
My grandfather was Luigi Testa


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